Quarterback Taysom Hill started for the New Orleans Saints on Friday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome but struggled with turnovers in the first half vs. Arizona as the Cardinals grabbed a 17-3 halftime lead.
Hill, a second-year player out of BYU, committed four turnovers - two interceptions and two lost fumbles - as he couldn't get the Saints' offense on track. The first interception bounced off the hands of receiver Cameron Meredith but the second was an overthrown pass intended for Ted Ginn Jr. The first lost fumble came on a mixup in the backfield. The second fumble ended his best drive of the night as Hill had completed five consecutive passes before a strip-sack ended the possession.
Hill did lead the Saints on a drive that ended with a 52-yard Wil Lutz field goal. The key play was a 43-yard scramble by Hill.
Hill was 11 of 15 for 68 yards in the first half Friday night.
Veteran quarterback Tom Savage started the Saints' first preseason game, a 24-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Savage and Hill are competing to be the backup to Drew Brees.
Veteran Sam Bradford started at quarterback for Arizona and led the Cardinals to their first touchdown, a 9-yard run by David Johnson. Rookie Josh Rosen came in during the second quarterback and fired a bullet 13-yard scoring pass to Christian Kirk. The Cardinals added a 41-yard Phil Dawson field goal with 1:30 to play.
Brees, defensive end Cam Jordan and running back Alvin Kamara were among the Saints starters who didn't play in the first half. The entire Saints offensive line - including left guard Andrus Peat - started the game. Mark Ingram ran the ball seven times for 36 yards and Jonathan Williams had four carries for 30 yards.